Columbia Integrated Health Centre is proud to offer Graston Technique, the trusted name in instrument assisted soft tissue technique that effectively breaks down scar tissue, reduces inflammation and pain, and restores restricted mobility.

Graston Technique is utilized by the Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, and Massage Therapists of the clinic. The technique involves using stainless steel instruments to comb over and "catch" on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies areas of restriction. The instruments enable clinicians to treat soft tissue lesions with the depth, pressure and specificity necessary to affect the condition at the site of the pain, as well as following the kinetic chain to find and treat the cause. Once the tissue dysfunction has been identified, the instruments break up the scar tissue so it can be absorbed by the body.


1. Does this treatment hurt?

As there is with most soft tissue techniques, there will be some level of discomfort both during and after the treatment. For example, many patients feel "sore" after a deep tissue massage. Although the goal of performing the Graston Technique is not to cause bruising or pain, the fundamental principle of breaking down scar tissue and releasing fibrotic adhesions will invariably involved some level of discomfort, redness, possible contusion, and in some cases pain. Most of these reactions can be mitigated with Ice and analgesic lotions and in certain instances, over the counter anti-inflammatories or pain killers.

2. How many sessions does it take?

With all soft tissue techniques, predicting treatment frequency and amount is challenging as all patients and conditions vary in chronicity, severity, type, age, and other complicating factors. Some patients have responded in as little as 1 -2 sessions, and others with more severe, systemic, and chronic issues may require more.

3. Do you have to be certified to perform Graston Technique?

Yes. Our clinicians are certified Graston Technique providers, having undergone advanced training in the technique protocols. Furthermore, Dr. John Dang is also a member of the instructional team for Graston Technique taking leads and assisting on training modules for other clinicians in both Canada and the US.

4. Why is Graston Technique better than other instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization techniques?

Due to the nature of the high grade stainless steel, GT instruments are able to transfer microcellular adhesions, imperfections, and scar tissue which can then be detected by the clinician. Furthermore, the many active edges, angles, knobs, and bevels are utilized throughout each protocol to conform with the many shapes, grooves, and contours of the body part.

5. Are there any contraindications to receiving Graston Technique?

The contraindications for the usage of Graston Technique are the same as any contraindications for any type of soft tissue treatment. There are absolute contraindications and relative contraindications and after a thorough review of your pertinent history, your clinician will determine if there are any factors to consider prior to treatment.

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